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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 10, 2011 11:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Best Jack Straw

I've been listening to 1978 all day to find a particularly great Keith show from this year, as a follow-up from an earlier post. (Understandably, Keith's preference for Quaaludes, Seconals, etc, didn't mesh so well with the cocaine tempo the rest of the band was enjoying for most of this year.) Nonetheless, the Jack Straw from 01-22-78 must be one of the greatest ever. Strangely, it is absent from the 20+ best Jack Straws listed in my DeadBase VIII. Thoughts?

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 11, 2011 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

this is my favorite from '78. keith really pounds away on those keys
http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-02-01.sbd.parillo.1017.sbeok.shnf

this may be my favorite jack straw, but don't stop there, the franklin's that follows is smokin
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-06-20.sbd.miller.bertha.25468.sbeok.shnf

also check out this beauty from DP 10:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-12-29.holwein.audience.jfishman.108432.flac16

and my favorite early version:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-11-12.sbd.clugston.4759.sbeok.shnf

that '87 version is very hot as well


This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-09-11 19:20:53

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 13, 2011 9:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

rdenirojb87:

Thanks for turning me on to 1978 Feb 1. I thought that I already had downloaded every available SBD with Keith, but somehow I was missing this show.

...__[8]o

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 11, 2011 7:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

Never heard a Jack Straw half as climatic as this...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-04-06.sbd-matrix.hinko.19848.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: billydlions Date: Sep 11, 2011 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

My first show, however, all Jack Straws pale in comparison to 1-11-79.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 11, 2011 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

must've been a fun first show. The set closers and 2nd set openers were well played.

And yea you're right, thats a very good jack straw. Neat little "we used to play for acid, now we play for Clive". Though I still think 4-6-87 trumps it. Your suggested version is a bit more chaotic, but who doesn't love that?

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 13, 2011 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

billydlions:

Thanks. No bias from it being your first show. As long as the JS crescendo jam is, it seems that Jerry is the only one who didn't want to keep going. (Understandable based on how frenetic his playing is.) Talk about some Phil bombs! This entire show is off the rails! Consider yourself lucky to have been there.

...__[8]o

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Poster: billydlions Date: Sep 14, 2011 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

Gratefuldiver- I wish that was my first show! I was replying to the 4-6-87 version of Jack Straw. I have no biases toward any shows that I've been to except 3-29-90 which still stands today as the greatest show from any band I've seen.

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 14, 2011 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

BillyD,

Yes, now I see what you meant. It's pretty obvious. Funny because Wisconsin thought the same as me ('Clive' instead of 'life' was the '79 show). I'll have n to listen to 3.29.90 now. Set list looks awesome.

Be careful with those lucky dice.


...__[8]o

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 11, 2011 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

I'm not usually a big fan of 1979, but the Jack Straw on Road Trips 1/1 from 11-6-79 has amazing punch.

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Poster: opolaut Date: Sep 11, 2011 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

How about this one - 9/10/72 Hollywood Palladium - Dark Star>Drums>Dark Star>Jack Straw>Sing Me Back Home. Now that's different.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 11, 2011 11:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

I think the 1/22/78 JS is very strong, it's also one of the longest I've come across. But I haven't heard it in a while and I can't quite say how it stacks up against my personal favorites.

I'm not too familiar with most later Jack Straws, but imo the most well jammed out of the early era is probably the one on Dick's Picks 31, I'm pretty sure it's this one:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-08-04.aud-moore.weiner.20369.sbeok.shnf







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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Sep 11, 2011 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

Those early 78 shows ( and the Jack Straws from those shows , I saw the 1/10/78 one ) are special .

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Poster: Dead Surfer Date: Sep 11, 2011 12:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

The best....6-10-90 very close...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-10-20.sbd.miller.105445.flac16

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 12, 2011 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

PLEASE don't discuss best Jack Straw without mentioning this one.....RESPECT MUST BE PAID!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16

(That said, the others mentioned here are all worthy...my first show was also 1-11-79 and that one does indeed cook and roast and burn...but 10/29/77 is the gold standard, IMHO.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 12, 2011 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

Speaking of respect, while maybe not in the "best ever" class, this one, replete with Phil bombs flying about like crazed pterodactyls (even I'm not sure what that means), is certainly up there.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-08-27.aud.hinko.16439.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 13, 2011 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

Thanks to everyone who contributed. It was a blast listening to so many versions of JS! Thanks especially for the post-Feb 1979 suggestions. I listen to Keith or PigPen era shows about 50 times more often than Brent or Vince shows, and it's great to be reminded of how many brilliant moments the band had post-Keith.

...__[8]o

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 13, 2011 8:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

http://www.archive.org/post/41357/grateful-dead-the-real-jack-straw

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 13, 2011 8:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Jack Straw

Thanks! Very interesting to see how many favorites have changed over the last 5 years.

...__[8]o